Note: These notes do not constitute an official liturgical text of the Orthodox Church but are, rather, a compilation of notes and excerpts from various sources prepared for the personal use of deacons serving at Hierarchical Divine Liturgies according to the rite used by the Russian Church. They were compiled by Christopher Sokolov
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More honorable than the Cherubim..
Lord, have mercy (*3),
RIGHT REVEREND MASTER, BLESS
|Bishop:||gives the blessing|
|At the ambo:|
|Bishop:||Blessed is our God...|
|The protodeacon recites the entrance prayers. The bishop gives the exclamations. The bishop recites the prayer "O Lord, stretch forth Thy hand..."|
|When the bishop goes to the episcopal ambo, the protodeacon takes the censer from the first deacon (or server), makes a metania to the Royal Doors, turns, and says:|
|Protodn:||BLESS, MASTER, THE INCENSE.|
|After the blessing, the deacon(s) read the vesting prayers.|
|1st Dn:||LET US PRAY TO THE LORD!|
THY SOUL SHALL REJOICE IN THE LORD, FOR HE HATH CLOTHED THEE WITH THE GARMENT OF SALVATION, AND WITH THE ROBE OF GLADNESS HATH HE ENCOMPASSED THEE. AS A BRIDEGROOM HE HATH SET A CROWN UPON THEE, AND AS A BRIDE HATH HE ADORNED THEE WITH ORNAMENT.
As each vestment is put on, the first deacon says "Let us pray to the Lord," and the protodeacon recites each appropriate vesting prayer.
BLESSED IS GOD, WHO POURETH OUT HIS GRACE UPON HIS HIGH PRIESTS, AS OIL OF MYRRH UPON THE HEAD, WHICH RUNNETH DOWN UPON THY BEARD, UPON THE BEARD OF AARON, WHICH RUNNETH DOWN TO THE FRINGE OF HIS RAIMENT.
BLESSED IS GOD, WHO GIRDETH THEE WITH POWER AND HATH MADE THY PATH BLAMELESS, WHO HATH GUIDED THY FEET LIKE THOSE OF A HART, AND HATH SET THEE ON HIGH PLACES.
THY RIGHT HAND, O LORD, IS GLORIFIED IN STRENGTH; THY RIGHT HAND, O LORD, HATH SHATTERED THINE ENEMIES, AND IN THE MULTITUDE OF THY GLORY HAST THOU CRUSHED THINE ADVERSARIES.
HIS HANDS HAVE MADE AND FASHIONED THEE; MAY HE GIVE THEE UNDERSTANDING AND MAYEST THOU LEARN HIS COMMANDMENTS.
GIRD THY SWORD UPON THY THIGH, O MIGHTY ONE, IN THY COMELINESS AND THY BEAUTY, AND PROCEED PROSPEROUSLY, AND BE KIND BECAUSE OF TRUTH AND MEEKNESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS; AND THY RIGHT HAND SHALL GUIDE THEE WONDROUSLY. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.
THY HIGH PRIESTS, O LORD, SHALL BE CLOTHED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND THY HOLY ONES SHALL REJOICE WITH JOY. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.
WHEN THOU DIDST TAKE UPON THY SHOULDERS HUMAN NATURE WHICH HAD GONE ASTRAY, O CHRIST, THOU DIDST BEAR IT TO HEAVEN UNTO THY GOD AND FATHER. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.
WHOSOEVER WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.
MAY GOD CREATE IN THEE A CLEAN HEART, AND RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT WITHIN THEE. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.
If the bishop has the dignity of a second Panagia:
THY HEART HATH POURED FORTH A GOOD WORD; THOU WILT SPEAK OF THY WORKS TO THE KING. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES. AMEN.
THE LORD HAS SET UPON THINE HEAD A CROWN OF PRECIOUS STONES; THOU DIDST ASK LIFE OF HIM, AND HE GAVETH THEE LENGTH OF DAYS. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES.
When the bishop is ready to bless with the trikerion and dikerion:
|First Dn:||LET US PRAY TO THE LORD!|
|Protodn:||MAY THY LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN, THAT THEY MAY SEE THY GOOD WORKS AND GIVE GLORY TO OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. ALWAYS, NOW AND EVER, AND UNTO AGES OF AGES.|
|During the washing of the bishop's hands, the protodeacon recites semi-audibly the prayer:
I WILL WASH MY HANDS AMONG THE INNOCENT, AND I WILL COMPASS THINE ALTAR, O LORD, THAT I MAY HEAR THE VOICE OF THY PRAISE, AND DECLARE ALL THY WONDERS. LORD, I HAVE LOVED THE BEAUTY OF THINE HOUSE, AND THE PLACE OF THE ABOD OF THY GLORY. DESTROY NOT MY SOUL WITH THE IMPIOUS, NOR MY LIFE WITH MEN OF BLOOD, IN WHOSE HANDS ARE TRANSGRESSIONS AND THEIR RIGHT HAND IS FULL OF GIFTS. BUT I, I HAVE WALKED IN MINE INNOCENCE; REDEEM ME, O LORD, AND HAVE MERCY ON ME. MY FOOT HATH STOOD IN UPRIGHTNESS; IN THE CHURCHES WILL I BLESS THEE, O LORD.
Beginning of the Liturgy
IT IS TIME FOR THE LORD TO ACT.
BLESS, RIGHT REVEREND MASTER
|Bishop:||Blessed is our God..|
|The protodeacon and deacons approach the bishop.|
|Protodn:||AMEN. PRAY FOR US [ME], HOLY MASTER.|
|Bishop:||May the Lord direct your steps.|
|Protodn:||REMEMBER US [ME], HOLY MASTER.|
|The bishop blesses them with both hands.|
|Bishop:||May the Lord God remember you..|
|The protodeacon ascends the Soleas.|
Before the Trisagion:
When the singers come to the last troparion, the deacon says to the bishop, bowing his head and holding his orarion with three fingers of his right hand:
|Protodn:||BLESS MASTER, THE TIME OF THE THRICE-HOLY.|
|Bishop:||For holy art Thou, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever.|
|When the troparion is finished, the deacon comes near the holy doors, and pointing with his orarion, first to the icon of Christ, he says:|
|Protodn:||O LORD, SAVE THE PIOUS.|
|Choir:||O Lord, save the pious.|
|Protodn:||AND HEAR US.|
|Choir:||And hear us.|
|Then, pointing to those in the nave, he says in a loud voice:|
|Protodn:||AND UNTO AGES OF AGES.|
After the AnaphoraAfter the bishop says "Among the first, remember O Lord..." the deacon stands under the arch of the Royal Doors, facing the people and proclaims:
HIS GRACE OUR RIGHT REVEREND name, BISHOP OF place, WHO OFFERS (turns and enters the sanctuary) THESE HOLY GIFTS (points to the Discarion and the Chalice) UNTO THE LORD OUR GOD (goes to the High Place, makes the Sign of the Cross, a metania, turns and bows to the Bishop, goes and stands again under the arch of the Royal Doors); FOR THE MOST REVEREND METROPOLITANS, ARCHBISHOPS AND BISHOPS, AND FOR ALL THE PRIESTHOOD AND THE DIACONATE IN CHRIST AND EVERY CLERICAL ORDER; FOR OUR DIVINELY PROTECTED COUNTRY, THE AUTHORITIES AND ARMED FORCES; FOR THE PEACE OF THE WHOLE WORLD, FOR THE GOOD ESTATE OF GOD'S HOLY CHURCHES; FOR THE SALVATION OF, AND HELP FOR THOSE, WHO DILIGENTLY LABOUR AND SERVE WITH FERVOR, AND IN THE FEAR OF GOD; FOR THE HEALING OF THE SICK; FOR THE REPOSE, THE PARDON, THE BLESSED MEMORY AND THE REMISSION OF SINS OF ALL THE ORTHODOX WHO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP; FOR THE SALVATION OF ALL THE PEOPLE HERE PRESENT, AND FOR ALL THOSE FOR WHOM THERE ARE INTENTIONS, AND FOR ALL MANKIND.
The protodeacon then goes to the High Place, makes a metania, and returns to kiss the Bishop's hand, saying: "Is Polla Eti Despota."
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